Weathered Wood Dining Set

Do you guys get that high when you complete a piece and stage it for photos?? That’s where I am right now! I picked up this incredible dining set off Facebook marketplace. It caught my eye because of the pedestal base and the interesting chairs, it was a heck of a deal too! Ignore the fruit on the top…yes, hand painted fruit!! 🍊🍎🍋 This dining set is asking for a DIY Weathered Wood Makeover!

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I don’t do many dining sets, my workspace just doesn’t accommodate them. A dining set must be fully assembled to redo a table top. I work in half of my two car garage, so you can imagine, things like dining tables and huge hutches are just impossible.

I needed this one to stage a home for sale, so I snagged it. At first sight, my mind ran to that one Pinterest pic we all have saved. You know the one, the Restoration Hardware look with the same pedestal base? That beautiful weathered wood look was my finish inspiration!

Materials list:

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The set was in really good condition, really no damage to fix. I started by removing the chair cushions and cleaning well with Dixie Belle White Lightening. The first step in this finish was a clean coat of Dixie Belle Drop Cloth. I did 2 coats for even coverage and to get rid of that fruit. 🍊🍇🍓

Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set

I let each coat dry overnight. The next step is a thin streaky coat of Dixie Belle Gravel Road. Gravel Road is interesting because in the container it is a deep gray with a slight brown undertone, but when thinned, you can really see the brown in it. I accomplished this by misting my surface with water and brushing on a thin layer. To get more streaking, so the white would peek through, I came back with a dry paint brush and brushed through it again.

Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set

I liked this as a start, but it needed more. Layers, Layers, Layers! Once this dried, I put a clear coat over it just to preserve this base as I added more colors.

After the clear coat had dried, my next step was a wash of Dixie Belle Hurricane Gray. I did the wash by misting my surface with water and putting on a thin layer of the gray, then wiping it back to preserve the streaky look. This toned down the brown and added a nice gray tone.

Weathered Wood Dining Set

By the time I got done with the wash on the table and all chairs, my first piece was just about dry. I grabbed a wide and course wallpaper brush and started dry brushing in streaks of Caviar. I like the coarse brush because it gives texture to the dry brushing. I did all pieces with streaks of Caviar, then came back and did the same thing with Drop Cloth to do add streaks of white.

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Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set

The thought behind the layering of colors is that weathered wood would have unevenness and variation in color, maybe traces of old paint in spots.

The seats were covered in a hideous red and olive striped fabric, it had to go. I stripped them down and found beautiful woven seat bases underneath. This set is incredibly well constructed. I had a vision in my head for what the fabric should look like. I found this Waverly upholstery fabric at Joanns and loved that it tied in the grays and beiges with a nice botanical print and even hints of metallic. I covered all chairs using a staple gun, clean folded edges, and even a base to hide the seat construction, no detail left undone.

Weathered Wood Dining Set

In the end, I think I out RH’d, Restoration Hardware! The whole process took about a week, working on it for a few hours each day.

This set is solid wood, really nice quality, and has a modern, neutral weathered wood finish. What do you think?

Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set
Weathered Wood Dining Set

This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. Carol Smith

    Brandy, this is beautiful! Thank you for the step-by-step process. As someone fairly new to painting furniture, it’s nice to know when to use the clear coat before proceeding with additional colors. Bravo, you did it again!

    1. Brandy K.

      Awesome! So glad it was helpful! Yes, I clear coated because the next step was a was involving water and wiping and I didn’t want it to disturb the base underneath like wet distressing would

  2. Christy

    Absolutely beautiful!! The chair upholstery matches perfectly.

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you! I fell in love with the fabric

  3. Joann

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am new to this and working on our bedroom furniture. Can’t see replacing it, but so ready for a “new” look!

    1. Brandy K.

      Absolutely! So many possibilities!

  4. Michelle Hengek

    Brandy, another beautiful project! I think this is y favorite so far.., love your work.

    1. Brandy K.

      Wow, really! Thank you so much, a TON of work into this one!

  5. Tammy Bonnell

    As ALWAYS!, definitely a showstopper!!! So appreciate the specific details you share with us as to how to achieve the look of all your BEYOND GORGEOUS pieces!
    Thank you!! We L O V E you ❤️

    1. Brandy K.

      Thank you so much Tammy! This was a TON of work, but I love how it turned out

  6. Karen Anstead

    Stunning, I thought it had metallic accents when I first saw it! What a transformation! Very original, thank you for showing us the step by step instructions.

    1. Brandy K.

      No metallics on this one, except a bit in the fabric, that would be pretty though!

  7. Kerri

    Did you use the Slick Stick on this? It appeared to have a shiny finish on the table and chairs when you got it. I have a kitchen table and chairs that I am thinking about painting and it has a shiny finish. Also the chairs are spindle back. Any advise for those?

    1. Brandy K.

      No at the time I did this, the slick stick hadnt come out yet, it’s a fairly new product

  8. Ann

    Your color blending skills are just incredible. This dining proves it beyond any doubt. I have a small quibble with selected fabric because is seems to draw ones’s eye away from your work. The fabric seems a little too warm for your finish.
    Despite my thought, I turn to your YouTube presentation when I want to learn a new skill.

  9. Rita Dianne Murphy

    Brandy, I just found you on youtube and I feel like I found a new friend!
    Thanks for the clear way you teach and share.
    I am brand new to paintng but just did my 2 bar stools so good for me…they are OK but boring in some ways so I am watching tutorials and love your blending!
    Anyway I just wanted to say Thanks. 🙂

    1. Brandy K.

      Awww, I love that!! Soooo glad it is helpful!

  10. Debra Hubbs

    I remember when this right here was what inspired me to try to do a driftwood/weathered type finish on my coffee table. Actually everything you do inspires me. You’re amazing. A true artist. I wish I had your eye and your skills lol. Dixie Belle products are so great and they are fortunate to have you as a brand ambassador!

  11. Jeanette

    Gorgeous unique piece. Your technique is spot on. I am working hard at perfecting the weathered look and your tutorial is awesome. I love the lighter color on top. I will have to find your utube. Thanks. Jeanette

  12. Gail

    OMG! Absolutely LOVE the color choice for the wood and seats!!!! 👍👍 Beautifully done. Keep up the great job!!!

  13. Cheryl Atkinson

    Hey Brandy! This is perfect and i have the perfect table to try it on. You are a gem. Thank you for all you do for the creatives out here.

  14. Cheryl Atkinson

    Brandy, what if I dont have Gravel Road? Would any other color work? I have already started and thought I had gravel road but the gravel road I have is DIY Paint. Help!!

    1. Brandy K.

      Could use hurricane gray, look will be a bit different

  15. Diane M. Lewis

    OMG!!! imagine my surprise when I saw your kitchen set. I have the same set. I have redone mine & in the process of doing it again.

  16. Denise

    Brandy you’ve become a favorite of mine. You are incredibly talented and I’m happy to see you are so down to earth. Love your videos with Sean. I’m a Dixie Belle girl now!!

  17. Natalie Brown

    If the table and chair set aren’t already painted but stained and sealed, would I need to sand that shiny finish off before trying something like this on the furniture? I love this look.

    1. Brandy K.

      Yes, a scuff sanding to take down the sheen or use a gripping primer like dixie belle slick stick if its a slick surface

  18. Jamie Petitti Moliengo

    I have that set – purchased it in West Palm Beach Florida. In 2002 – You did absolutely a great job I’m still chicken to change mine.

    1. Brandy K.

      Its a pretty set, nice quality

  19. Barbara

    I’m very interested in doing this exact finish to a table I have. My table is this exact size and same amount of chairs. How much did you have to buy of each color/product?

    1. Brandy K.

      I’d do a 16 oz of each, more of drop cloth if anything

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